1996 British Grand Prix

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United Kingdom  1996 British Grand Prix
Race details
Race 10 of 16 in the 1996 Formula One season
Silverstone Circuit (as modified in 1996)
Silverstone Circuit (as modified in 1996)
Date July 14, 1996
Official name XLIX British Grand Prix
Location Silverstone Circuit, Silverstone, Northamptonshire, England
Course Permanent racing facility
5.072 km (3.152 mi)
Distance 61 laps, 309.392 km (192.247 mi)
Weather Warm, sunny
Pole position
Driver United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault
Time 1:26.875
Fastest lap
Driver Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Time 1:29.288 on lap 29
Podium
First Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault
Second Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault
Third Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes

The 1996 British Grand Prix was a Formula One race held on July 14, 1996 at Silverstone. It was the tenth race of the 1996 Formula One season.

Williams' Jacques Villeneuve took his second win of the season from Benetton's Gerhard Berger, with McLaren's Mika Häkkinen coming home third for his first podium since his near-fatal crash at Adelaide the year before. Jordan's Rubens Barrichello took fourth, equalling his best finish of the season, and it came after he had been involved in late collisions while racing for fourth place at the circuit in the previous two years. The final points went to David Coulthard in the second McLaren and Martin Brundle in the second Jordan.

Damon Hill took pole position for his home race, but made a slow start and retired shortly before half distance, after a wheel nut problem caused him to spin off at Copse Corner while he was trying to pass Häkkinen.[1] For the third consecutive race, Ferrari drivers Michael Schumacher and Eddie Irvine were both forced to retire with technical issues in the first six laps – Schumacher with hydraulic problems and Irvine with a differential failure.

Classification[edit]

Qualifying[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Time Diff.
1 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 1:26.875
2 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 1:27.070 +0.195
3 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 1:27.707 +0.832
4 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 1:27.856 +0.981
5 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 1:28.307 +1.432
6 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 1:28.409 +1.534
7 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 1:28.653 +1.778
8 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 1:28.946 +2.071
9 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 1:28.966 +2.091
10 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 1:29.186 +2.311
11 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 1:29.591 +2.716
12 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.913 +3.038
13 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 1:29.947 +3.072
14 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 1:29.949 +3.074
15 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 1:30.102 +3.227
16 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:30.167 +3.292
17 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 1:31.076 +4.201
18 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 1:31.365 +4.490
19 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 1:31.454 +4.579
107% time: 1:32.956
20 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart No time
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford 1:35.206 +8.331
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford 1:35.304 +8.429

Race[edit]

Pos No Driver Constructor Laps Time/Retired Grid Points
1 6 Canada Jacques Villeneuve Williams-Renault 61 1:33:00.874 2 10
2 4 Austria Gerhard Berger Benetton-Renault 61 + 19.026 7 6
3 7 Finland Mika Häkkinen McLaren-Mercedes 61 + 50.830 4 4
4 11 Brazil Rubens Barrichello Jordan-Peugeot 61 + 1:06.716 6 3
5 8 United Kingdom David Coulthard McLaren-Mercedes 61 + 1:22.507 9 2
6 12 United Kingdom Martin Brundle Jordan-Peugeot 60 + 1 Lap 8 1
7 19 Finland Mika Salo Tyrrell-Yamaha 60 + 1 Lap 14  
8 15 Germany Heinz-Harald Frentzen Sauber-Ford 60 + 1 Lap 11  
9 14 United Kingdom Johnny Herbert Sauber-Ford 60 + 1 Lap 13  
10 17 Netherlands Jos Verstappen Footwork-Hart 60 + 1 Lap 15  
11 21 Italy Giancarlo Fisichella Minardi-Ford 59 + 2 Laps 18  
Ret 3 France Jean Alesi Benetton-Renault 44 Brakes 5  
Ret 9 France Olivier Panis Ligier-Mugen-Honda 40 Handling 16  
Ret 10 Brazil Pedro Diniz Ligier-Mugen-Honda 38 Engine 17  
Ret 5 United Kingdom Damon Hill Williams-Renault 26 Wheel 1  
Ret 20 Portugal Pedro Lamy Minardi-Ford 21 Gearbox 19  
Ret 16 Brazil Ricardo Rosset Footwork-Hart 13 Electrical 20  
Ret 18 Japan Ukyo Katayama Tyrrell-Yamaha 12 Engine 12  
Ret 2 United Kingdom Eddie Irvine Ferrari 5 Differential 10  
Ret 1 Germany Michael Schumacher Ferrari 3 Hydraulics 3  
DNQ 23 Italy Andrea Montermini Forti-Ford   DNQ 21  
DNQ 22 Italy Luca Badoer Forti-Ford   DNQ 22  

Notes[edit]

  • Last race: Forti
  • Last race: Andrea Montermini
  • Ricardo Rosset's qualifying times (best 1:30.529) were scratched after he missed the FIA weight check, dropping him from 17th to 20th on the grid.[1]

Standings after Grand Prix[edit]

  • Bold text indicates who still has a theoretical chance of becoming World Champion.
  • Note: Only the top five positions are included for both sets of standings.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "F1 News – Grandprix.com > GP Encyclopedia > Races > British GP, 1996". Grandprix.com. Archived from the original on 23 June 2011. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 


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